Brown pelicans fly in V-formation until they approach a water landing spot, then they circle, each at different heights, before splashing down individually, this time on the Carmel River.
A seagull is dwarfed and outnumbered by brown pelicans at the Carmel River Lagoon.
Capturing a well-focused pelican in flight is instinctive challenge for me, so much so, I sometimes overlook the background in the editing process. This oversight is magnified after reviewing the hundreds, if not thousands, of brown pelicans I have photographed over the last few years in Carmel and Monterey. There are just so many close-upsContinue reading “Pelican: With or Without Clouds”
I’ve seen brown pelicans at eye level on the Carmel River, far away on ocean boulders in the Carmel Bay, or flying over my head along the Monterey Coast, but until this week I’d never directly looked down at them. It happened across the way from what is called Coal Chute Point at Point Lobos.Continue reading “The Brown Pelican Club”
There were about a dozen brown pelicans at the end of Carmel River yesterday morning when I reached the river beach with the dogs on leash. Then over the next ten minutes over 150 more pelicans flew in, most from the direction of Point Lobos. It clearly was some kind of convention, perhaps, mapping outContinue reading “Pelican Convention”
This week I spent two mornings photographing brown pelicans flying over Carmel River State Beach. This type of shooting challenges my use of Nikon’s auto focus in sports mode. Sure, I capture the pelicans in flight, but the sharpness isn’t there. But after enough tries, I got some keepers. Practice, practice.
This week the are an unusually large number of brown pelicans gliding around Carmel Point. (“Unusually” is my unscientific adverb.) Many of them land on several ocean outcrops near the shore. Took this shot with a cell phone yesterday evening. The great thing about pelicans is how quietly they sail past in V-formation, rarely seemingContinue reading “Carmel Point Pelicans”